Mu­seum searches for donor of WWI photo

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

The Har­vey Mu­seum is try­ing to track down the orig­i­nal donor of a gi­ant 101-year-old World War I pho­to­graph.

Har­vey His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety sec­re­tary Mar­ion Loft­house said no one at the mu­seum took the donor’s name when they re­ceived the me­tre-long photo, which is ac­tu­ally four pho­tos stitched to­gether.

“I reckon it’s some­one lo­cal and for them to give it to us it must have sol­diers from Har­vey in it,” Mrs Loft­house said.

“We re­ally want to find out who is in the pic­ture as well.”

Har­vey His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber Judy Hal­l­i­day said writ­ing on the photo in­di­cated it was of the 4th Bat­tal­ion D Com­pany and taken in April 1917.

Mrs Hal­l­i­day said the photo was taken in Lon­don by Panora Ltd and D Com­pany HQ was set up in a farm house in Meteren, France on April 13. Mrs Loft­house said 128 men from the Har­vey dis­trict served in World War I and 21 of those men died dur­ing ser­vice.

The Har­vey Mu­seum reprinted the pho­to­graph in time for Re­mem­brance Day so the orig­i­nal could be pre­served.

The re­print came just in time for the re­open­ing of the Har­vey Mu­seum af­ter a brief hia­tus to re­move as­bestos from the build­ing and com­plete up­grades.

The WWI pho­to­graph of 4th Bat­tal­ion D Com­pany given to the Har­vey Mu­seum by an anony­mous donor.

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